The plan also includes provisions for training carriage drivers to get licenses to operate green taxis (cabs that operate chiefly in the outer boroughs of New York). A replacement antique-style e-carriage has also been proposed as an alternative.
Animal advocates, who cite accidents and injuries involved with carriages and say that the horses suffer in busy traffic, have been awaiting the bill since de Blasio's first day in office.
"We applaud Mayor de Blasio for his consistent support of animal rights," Allie Feldman, executive director of the organization NYCLASS, which has been campaigning to ban horse carriages, told The Dodo. The organization is hosting a rally in support of Mayor de Blasio at New York's City Hall on Tuesday. "This creative solution will benefit all New Yorkers by adding jobs while also ending an unsafe and inhumane industry."
Once it's introduced, the bill will need to be passed by the City Council, and an environmental review will be conducted. If all goes as planned, the city's carriage horses will be walking on grass instead of concrete by May 2016.